At the present time, it has become progressively more common for countries around the world to use tracer's methods of production logging in horizontal wells. The utilization of tracers/markers doesn't require well intervention with Coiled Tubing or tractors in order to obtain qualitative and quantitative data for inflow of reservoir fluid per interval. Tracer/marker technologies is a quantum leap in production logging as it is potentially capable of producing ten (10) to twenty (20) times more downhole data in a period of several years. The knowledge of downhole production in dynamics of years helps in developing oil and gas fields, locating neighboring wells to be drilled, optimization of horizontal lateral length or even a number of fracturing stages per well.
The principal difference between these technologies and traditional methods of well surveys (WS) is their ability to monitor the operation of ports or intervals in a well over a long period of time, with a significant reduction in resources involved, a reduction in costs and an enhanced production safety. However, the question remains whether the claimed specifications of tracer technologies correspond to the actual ones. Sometimes, the decision on the implementation of tracer PLT is made with weak quality assurance measures causing subsequent compromise of project results as a whole.
The value of this article is the development of a methodology for a comprehensive assessment of the operability, reliability and accuracy of operation for various tracer technologies available in the market. Based on results of this research being conducted, the article suggests recommendations from producer companies that can be used as technical criteria when selecting a contractor for tracer studies.